2022 Audi RS3 First Drive Review: Supercar In A Tiny Sedan Suit

2022 Audi RS3 First Drive Review: Supercar In A Tiny Sedan Suit



The current A3 is a handsome sedan, so it stands to reason the RS3 wouldn’t leave the design studio as a mongrel. Audi has gone aggressive with the exterior styling, adding a massive black honeycomb grille that matches larger RS cars and broad lower air intakes. 19-inch five-spoke wheels hide red brake calipers, while a sports suspension lowers the ride by 0.4 inches compared to the S3, giving it a more eye-pleasing stance. Other RS-specific details include a rear spoiler in gloss black or optional carbon fiber, a sport exhaust system with two oval-shaped faux tips, and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.We particularly love the matrix-design LED headlights, which feature a unique checkered flag pattern and entry sequence that shines R-S-3 on the driver’s side. Buyers can select from a wide range of colors, including no-cost hues like Turbo Blue and RS3-specific Kyalami Green. For $595, the metallic hues include Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Kemora Gray, Python Yellow, and Tango Red. A $750 Black Optic package is available with black wheels, black badging, and a black roof while a $2,750 Carbon package adds carbon fiber mirror housings, rear spoiler, and side sills.